Monday, June 30, 2008

Fun with friends

Last Thursday Rebekah the boys and I set out on a day trip to Nashville. This wasn't just any trip this was a trip we had been looking forward to for some time. We were going to Dave & Buster's to meet Renee and her kiddos. We had a great lunch, and then the kids had a ball playing games afterwards. Renee and I did get a little time to chat, as much as you can with 11 kids between the 2 of us....really we had a ball. We are looking forward to seeing them again.

One day I hope Renee, Christina , and I can all get together. Both of these ladies have been such a blessing to me and I'm so thankful to have them as my friends. Ok, as for this group picture of the kids it's AWFUL ! Renee and I laughed and said guess we should have taken one when we first arrived. This was taken as we were leaving...ALL the kids were pooped out. From the ones I took this was the best, I guess that tells you something....we had a great time and now it was time for naps!!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Handmade Dolls




I love crafts and things that are handmade. When I had more time I enjoyed cross stitching, scrap booking,and any other craft other than sewing. My grandmother Nonnie has tried to teach me how to sew several times, without any luck I still can't. Nonnie is 88 and has made everything under the sun from, quilts, drapes, comforters, coats, clothes, dolls, and makes it look so effortless. That gene wasn't passed on to me, but Rebekah was blessed with it. Rebekah is just 13 and is very gifted with her hands. She can tell me of something she's thinking about sewing, and hours later comes out of her room with the finished product. (Arthur bought me a sewing machine years ago, glad someone can now use it. I lost the book to the machine, but even without the book she has it up and running.) Rebekah enjoys going and spending afternoons at Nonnie's sewing. A few months ago she wanted Nonnie to show her how to make rag dolls. In just 3 afternoons Rebekah came home with these 2 dolls. Nonnie said other than the face Rebekah made both dolls by herself. She also said that she thinks Rebekah has such an unbelievable gift with sewing, coming from my Nonnie that was a huge complement. Rebekah has always struggled with school work because of her dyslexia, but working with her hands seems to be a breeze. I'm so proud of how far she has come with her school work this past year, but more so that she is seeking to use a wonderful talent the Lord has blessed her with. I thought everyone else might like to see Rebekah's dolls.

I still need to post Rebekah's pictures from her Civil War sewing camp. It was amazing to see what all they made in just one week. I'll try to do that next week.







Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wordless Wednesday




100th POST and a little change

This is my 100th post, it's hard to believe. I have loved having a blog to keep all our family/friends up on what the Muncks are doing. Along the way we have even made some new friends, that has been a huge surprise and blessing. Most of my post have been updates on health, daily happenings, and a little rambling. I'm going to change things up a little on The Munck's Quiver. I'll still be posting the same kinds of things I always did, just adding some new stuff. I'm going to start posting more about our home school life and giving a little more insight to how our family runs/functions......ALL by the grace of GOD! Arthur and I get questions all the time about our family from chores, meals, house size, home school, etc. We felt this might help answer some of those questions, quirks and all. We'll only be telling you how we do things, you don't have to agree. Thanks to those of you who have been here for the past 99 post. Hope you'll be around for the next????

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Tooth Fairy



We have seen a lot of the tooth fairy over the last 11 years. With the 4 oldest having pulled all their baby teeth, and Elizabeth having had her wisdom teeth pulled (the tooth fairy didn't come for those) Jonathan and James are now starting to pull their baby teeth. I have always thought the tooth fairy was very wise. She knows Jonathan doesn't understand the concept of money so she leaves him a DVD. The other children have always been left with money. On occasion over the years after the children have pulled their teeth and placed them under their pillow, the tooth fairy has flown past our house and missed getting their tooth. We have reasoned this out with the children that it was maybe to late when the tooth was pulled and they weren't on the list for that night. We then would place the tooth under their pillow the next night and, she would come exchange the tooth for money. James lost a tooth on Friday, we are all so glad. This tooth was on the bottom and had been very loose for some time. It was just hanging, stuck out to the side, and we all said it made him look like a bulldog. He doesn't do well when it's time to pull his teeth, he has such a fear of pain. Friday afternoon Arthur was looking at James tooth but not touching, he wouldn't let us. As James was sitting on his lap Arthur took his thumb and pushed on the outside of James lip and the tooth came right out, that's how loose it was. James was thrilled because he didn't expect it and it didn't hurt. Friday night came and James placed the tooth under his pillow, Saturday morning it was still there. So, James said "she must have missed our house I'll try again tonight". Saturday night comes and James tries again. Sunday morning a very disappointed James comes down the hall into the kitchen holding the yellow tooth chest to announce the tooth fairy missed him again. My heart sank, he was so sad. I was thinking what has happened to the tooth fairy that flies over southeast Tennessee? Did she go on vacation without backup, was she sick, did she get hurt on the way, did she run out of money, or ......was she just so tired she forgot? Sunday night on the third try James choose to place his tooth on the desk next to his bed, thinking this will help her find the tooth easier. Well, around 4:30 am this morning I'm pretty sure I heard the tooth fairy. I was up changing Jonathan, his feeding tube had come unplugged and was leaking in his bed. After I was done with that I'm pretty sure I heard her in the boys room. See, she must be busy if she didn't make it to our house until 4:30am, and maybe a little tired, too. James awoke to his yellow tooth chest empty under his pillow and $2 next to it, he seemed quite pleased. I believe I'm going to start praying harder for the tooth fairy. She still has a mouth full of teeth to pick up from James and Jonathan, not to mention she hasn't started on Stephen, William, and Wesley he hasn't even gotten all his baby teeth in yet. I'll keep you informed on the tooth fairy of southeast Tennessee.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Vacation Bible School 2008



VBS started on Monday and ended today. It was a wonderful week filled with fun and learning.
We had a total of 853 children and workers. Each morning we start out in the sanctuary for prayer, music, offering, and direction of what Gods truth is for the day. It was a Hawaiian theme this year called Outrigger Island. The offering this year was taken up for missionaries that our church supports. Our goal was $3,000.00 this year , that about $1,000 more than we have ever taken up during VBS. As, of Friday afternoon the goal had been exceeded the final total was $5,725.31. The boys and girls gave and gave, along with some very generous donations. I LOVE missions and I'm so excited that much was raised. We even had 3 mission families in for this week from Kosovo, West Africa, and Uzbekistan. On Thursday night we have a family night with hot dogs, popcorn, Icees, cotton candy, a petting zoo, pony rides, and 19 inflatables some water and some not(Tara is that # right?) The children enjoy this night and we get to see some of the parents we haven't met before. We have an amazing team of workers who put this fantastic week together each year. VBS is so much more than a week of fun and crafts, it's helping others to see God/Jesus as the light of the world the...."I AM". I tell my family each year unless I'm bed ridden I will always work at VBS, it's missions in your own back yard! I've thought about this a lot today, do I give as much as I get from VBS. Each year I set out praying and trying to be a vessel for Him, and each year on Friday afternoon I sit and think...who got the blessing??? I believe I receive more blessings from the children I'm with than I could have ever given.

VBS-verse of the week Psalms 86:11

Sickness...almost gone!!!

Here is a quick run down on the boys sickness.

Arthur is feeling much better.

William is now better, and made it to 2 days of VBS.

Stephen is taking meds for an ear infection, but the virus is gone. He made it to 3 days of VBS.

James is better from the virus, but became very sick on Wednesday. I took him to the doctor, then the hospital for x-rays ....he now has pneumonia...sigh...and is being treated for that. He seems to feel much better today and he made it to 3 days of VBS.

Jonathan well today was a BIG day for him, we saw a glimpse of the Jonathan we know and love. He didn't make it to any days of VBS, but got to go to work with Daddy at the store today. He had a ball and didn't want to come home when I got there, he stayed all day. That's a long day in a shop that doesn't have a cozy spot to rest.....well at least not for humans, just dogs. (we have in times past caught the girls napping in the kennels, it's to funny!)

Madison and Wesley they have been well since Monday and made it to all 5 days of VBS !!!

We are praising God for His MANY blessing in sickness and health. I'm praying now to remain on the healthy side of things for a little while.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy LATE Father's Day

We love you very much! We are so sorry you were sick on Father's Day! You are the greatest!
Elizabeth, Amanda, Rebekah, Madison, Jonathan, James, Stephen, William, and Wesley

BLOG???

WOW, I do still have a blog ! I wasn't sure if the blog world was still up a running, I guess it does keep going even if I'm not keeping up. I hope to get back on track soon. Lots to update and tell but as my days have been lately not enough time in them. I'll just give a quick update on what's been happening......sigh...where to start???

Jonathan's healing has been slow, he's still having some pain. He really isn't himself yet, not to mention he has a virus NOW :( Like he needed to be sick, he has no color, and has lost some weight since the surgery. This surgery/sickness has really been hard on him, not what I expected. More to tell about but it will have to wait for another day.

Last week the day after Jonathan was released from the hospital I woke to sick kids. What a joy this was...NOT for them or me! Really who gets sick in summer??? This has been just crazy! William and Madison were the first to get sick awful stomach cramps, head ache, and high fever (no vomiting or diarrhea) By Friday William, Madison, and James were all sick. I took William and Wesley to the doctor Friday morning (Wesley had a blister on his foot that looked infected)
He said William's was just viral and was going around. The doctor said it would last about a week and to expect a sore throat to come. They drained fluid from Wesley's blister to do a culture. Dr. Murphy said it was impetigo caused from a bite mosquito, bug, or who knows. So he was placed on oral antibiotics and a cream for the blister. I'm thinking at this point, what other strange things can happen...with our family the possibilities are endless it seems. Now on Saturday Arthur came down with the fever and virus, so that made for a sad Father's Day weekend. Sunday morning Stephen woke to a high fever and stomach ache. My past week and a half I have given more medicine legally than the law should allow one person to give. At present count Madison and William are better 6 days later. James, Stephen, and Arthur are still fighting it. Jonathan has it the worst at this point but was the last to come down with the virus. I hope that it stops here and the rest of us stay well, I guess it's a 50/50 chance.

Monday our church started it's Vacation Bible School. This is always a very big event at our church. I can't remember a year I haven't taught and been a part of VBS. So, with the kids sick I thought this might be the year. Madison, Wesley, and I made it on Monday, I was so happy to see all those sweet faces. Today I took all the boys except Jonathan, not sure that was a great idea. It wiped James and William out, to much to fast from their sickness. Stephen seemed to do fine other than he still had a head ache. Yes, since coming home all I have thought about is hope that they didn't get someone else sick...they didn't have fevers. I can't stand when parents bringing their kids to church sick....Ugh! I don't ever want to be labeled as one of those parents! The boys even voluntarily took naps on their own today...not a good sign. So, I guess we'll see how it goes.

Now off to my piles of laundry, I'm way behind. You see I chose to blog first, it's much more fun than laundry!

Hope everyone has a blessed week.

FYI.... we had our house sprayed and our yard treated for bugs on Saturday. I pray for no more bites. Funny thing is we have never seen bugs or had bugs in all 15 years and10 months that we have lived here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008

Jonathan Update

The Internet access didn't work well at the hospital, so this is Arthur giving an update on Jonathan.He did well today but is still in some pain. Surgery lasted a hour and a half, he will start fluids tomorrow. Laura will give more details later. Thanks for all the prayers.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Tomorrow is a big day


Tomorrow is Jonathan's big day, he has to be there at 7:15 am. We know that the Mighty Physician will be watching over Jonathan, and guiding Dr. Carr's hands. We still ask that you prayer for the surgery to go smooth and pain/recovery to pass quickly. We'll keep you posted.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

"normal"

I felt I better explain about my use of "normal" in Jonathan's update. We love it when medical professional, teachers, friends, and yes some family use the word "normal" when speaking of Jonathan or others with special needs. We laugh and say what is "normal"? Are they "normal" and by who's standards? So, this is what the dictionary says about "normal"

normal
* usual or ordinary

OK, that sums it up our WHOLE FAMILY isn't "normal".

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Jonathan's surgery is set

Jonathan at T.C. Thompson's Children's Hospital at Dr. Screws office. He was a happy boy he didn't get another NG tube that day and he got the pinto pony he's been wanting....I'm a push over.

I kind of left everyone hanging on the feeding tube story, sorry I seem to be good at that. Jonathan went back to the doctor 5 days after the feeding tube came out. We weighed him the day it came out and he had gained 1.9 pounds in 3 weeks. Then I weighed him the day he was going back to the doctor he had lost 1.5 pounds in the 5 days the feeding tube was out.....sigh.
Dr. Screws said by their scale he had only gained 7 oz. after the loss. The feeding tube was and is the answer. So, Tuesday June 3rd (Arthur's birthday) we went to see Dr. Carr the pediatric surgeon. Dr. Carr is the doctor who has preformed ALL of Jonathan's stomach surgeries. The first surgery being when Jonathan was only 10 hours old, and Jonathan was 8 weeks early. We know he will be in good hands and we're happy Dr. Carr will be taking care of Jonathan again. He has preformed 4 stomach surgeries on Jonathan before, and know he will take good care of him this time also. A G-tube for the most part isn't that big of a deal, but for Jonathan it is. He doesn't have the "normal" stomach, his is special just like him. His stomach is a real mess inside. He has had duodenal atresia repair, relining of his intestines, duodenal tapering, fundoplication, hernia repair, and G tube. This will be his second G tube, he got the first at 19 months and had it until he was 4 1/2 years old. This is a road we've traveled it's just been sometime. For those who may wonder yes we could have gotten another NG tube but he would have had to get it changed every 4 weeks...not fun. Then there is the other big thing NG tubes are a pain, and it's hard to play and live a "normal" kid life with that silly thing hanging out your nose. Last but not least it's the whole everyone STARES....UGH...Jonathan doesn't need that, so this will be the best for him. Not sure how long he will have it but they feel like it will be for awhile... whatever that is?!
Please, keep Jonathan, Dr.Carr and the staff in your prayers. He will go in Monday, June 9th and stay for a couple of days. I will try to remember the (Amanda you are so kind to share!) laptop, to update.

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